Autoflight Aviation Technology unveiled its two-seat, all-electric V600 eVTOL prototype in April 2019 at the Aero Friedrichshafen air show. The designation V600 referred to the 600-kg (13,231-pound) upper weight limit for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency's ultralight type certification class. However, plans for this two-seat model seem to have been superseded by the larger Prosperity I model (see below).
At the time of the Aero Friedrichshafen 2019 launch, Autoflight indicated that it was just a few weeks away from making a first flight with the V600. However, this had still not happened as of September 2020. The program timeline calls for a production version of a larger "production-grade vehicle" to be ready to fly in 2022, with passenger operations projected to start in 2025. The aircraft is intended for a variety of roles, including air-taxi services and cargo delivery.
The V600 design unveiled in April 2019 featured six 8-foot-2-inch propellers for lift and a single 5-foot-10-inch pusher propeller for horizontal flight. Three propellers are installed on booms on each side of the fuselage, with two pointing down on each side and one pointing up. The aircraft has a wing with conventional flight control surfaces, including flaps and ailerons.
At the same time, the China-based company established a Germany-based subsidiary called AutoFlightX. On September 13, 2020, it unveiled a new unmanned cargo-carrying eVTOL designated as the V400 and confirmed that it also has plans for a larger logistics aircraft called the V1000 and a 50-kg payload vehicle called the V50.
In 2021, the venture was boosted by a $100 million Series A funding round led by European technology investor Lukasz Gadowski and his Germany-based group Team Global. In January 2022, the company, which now commonly trades under the name AutoFlight, announced the creation of a new European subsidiary called AutoFlight Europe. This operation is expected to lead EASA certification efforts from a new headquarters at Augsburg in southern Germany. The company reported that a prototype of the Prosperity I made its first flight in October 2021.
In January 2022, a prototype of AutoFlight’s eVTOL made a full transition between vertical and horizontal flight. In February, AutoFlight stated it aims to have a public demonstration of the finalized design for its eVTOL by the end of 2022 and type certification by 2025. In June, the company released video of the latest test flights and said that it expects to unveil the final design for the aircraft during the third quarter of 2022.